A Nearer Moon

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Product Details
Price
$16.99  $15.80
Publisher
Atheneum Books for Young Readers
Publish Date
Pages
160
Dimensions
5.5 X 8.3 X 0.8 inches | 0.6 pounds
Language
English
Type
Hardcover
EAN/UPC
9781481441483

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About the Author
Melanie Crowder is a ceramist, painter, and sculptor who received her MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults from Vermont College.
Reviews
"Crowder blends gorgeously poetic language with precisely observed detail in this delicate fantasy of sisterly love tested by separation and illness."--Publishers Weekly, STARRED REVIEW "June 22, 2015 "
"Told in alternating chapters of the past fairy time and Luna's present, this meandering tale highlights the power of sisterly love in a truly enchanting way."--School Library Journal, STARRED REVIEW "July 2015 "
Luna lives in a swamp. It didn't used to be a swamp. Back in Granny Tu's time, it was a lovely flowing river, filled with sprites and fairies and magic where all of the people of the village were happy. Now the fairies are gone and the magic has turned dark and there is a sickness in the water. Or so they say. Luna doesn't believe a word of it. She only believes what she can see and touch and hear. When Luna's beloved younger sister, Willow, falls into the swamp and catches the river sickness, Luna's family is torn asunder. Willow has three weeks until she wastes away and dies, just like their father did years earlier. Luna's brave journey to save her sister takes her to places her mother told her never to go and to the very heart of the dark magic. Told in alternating chapters of the past fairy time and Luna's present, this meandering tale highlights the power of sisterly love in a truly enchanting way. VERDICT The book is an easy read and will appeal to lower level/higher interest readers but its charming narrative will be sure to captivate everyone.--School Library Journal, STARRED REVIEW "July 2015 "
STARRED REVIEW: "This lyrical story has a once-upon-a-time quality and, like the best of fairy tales, an evil to be overcome, a magic charm, and a lesson to be gleaned. Crowder's language is sumptuous, written with an elegiac quality that suits the wistful longings of her protagonists. A quiet story of perseverance and hope, exquisitely written with words and images that demand savoring."--Kirkus June 20115